Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series.As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she ...

Details Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

TitleSmoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Business, Amazon, Science Fiction Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Adult, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    This book was freaking awesome!! I got this book as my Kindle First pick for January! You know, it sounded good and all but I had no idea! This world of magic and demons and people in a world together. Sandis and Rone are the main characters and I loved them!! I even loved Ireth, even though I shouldn’t. I hope he shows back up in the next book! We shall see! Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Maria V. Snyder
    I received this book well before it's release date in the hopes that I would give it a blurb for the cover. It's wonderful - it's action packed and the characters are empathetic. The unique world of dark wizards and creatures from another astral plane is fascinating. Put this book in your TBR pile, you won't be sorry!
  • Jessica
    OoooOOOOOH! I got the chance to read this in advance, and wow! This is a seriously intense adventure with lots of twists and turns and high energy escapes! And creeeeeeepy magic! I would not normally pick up a book like this, and I feel like I should warn squeamish readers that there is, at one point, a lot of blood. Like, a LOT. But I really am gonna need the next one, because that was one heck of a cliffhanger ending!
  • Dee Arr
    None of the magical features of Charlie N. Holmberg’s “Smoke and Summons” overwhelm you, and that’s a good thing. We become aware of the illegal magic practiced and are also informed that there are rare magical artifacts. We are not allowed to see more than that, at least not at this time.Which is okay, because it allows the story to revolve around Sandis, who is a vessel capable of becoming a temporary home of a demon. Her life is about ...
  • Kristen
    4.5 starsThis was great!
  • Crystal King
    Loved loved this book. Read it in two nights and it left me bereft and desperate to be back in the world of Sandis and Rone. And what a cliffhanger at the end!I'm in awe of how Holmberg's worldbuilding and ability to drag you deep into the hearts and emotions of her characters. Absolutely fantastic.
  • Logan
    I found the idea of summons and vessels very interesting, but that’s all I found interesting. It very quickly went from “Smoke & Summons” to “Worry & Running.” That’s about all that happens in this book.The author tells us everything, instead of showing us anything. The characters are shallow and bland. The plot is almost nonexistent. The 300+ pages of chase scenes and worried internal monologues should’ve served as the first 100 pa...
  • Lisa
    One of the things I really loved about Holmberg's THE PAPER MAGICIAN was that, in addition to brilliant world building, Holmberg had created a really interesting female protagonist that was full of agency and continually striving to live in the world according to her own terms. It also told a complete story, one that could have been read as a standalone, but was enhanced as you moved forward in the series.I was excited to read SMOKE AND SUMMONS f...
  • Cari
    Smoke and Summons was my Kindle First selection for January 2019.A quick overview of the plot:Sandis is a young woman who is being held captive by evil men who dabble in occult practices. On her back she bares the markings of the demon Ireth, a stallion engulfed in flames. Her captor, Kazen, uses her body as a vessel into which he can summon and control the demon in order to carry out dark deeds of murder and mayhem. When Sandis sees Kazen kill a...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    **4 1/2 Demon Stars**update...take back what I said about the author being male...hahaha...sorry. I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile. I received this book as a First Read from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story. I normally am skeptical about male author's writing about female protagonist s but this author did a wonderful job of capturing true emotions and had me finishing this book ...
  • Lisa
    Full review to follow shortly!
  • Dawn
    A great read with some very interesting characters and a well thought out magic system where slaves are used as vessels that allow demons to be summoned into them.The story centres around one of these slaves and a thief she runs into while trying to escape her summoner. Romance ensues as they hide, fight, betray and sacrifice in a story that has a satisfying ending but still leaves enough unanswered questions that you need to check when the next ...
  • Ali Jones
    Wow. I feel like each time I read a new book by Charlie Holmberg it becomes my new favorite book! And this one is no exception. I read this as an ARC and it blew me away. With such a busy schedule it normally takes me a couple weeks to read a book; this one took two days because I couldn't put it down! The story line was amazing, the two main characters, Sandis and Rone are very well developed and relatable and the plot is action packed. I still ...
  • Tamera
    This was a First Reads selection for January. I usually wait until close to the end of the month to grab my First Reads choice, after plenty of reviews have rolled in, but I was so excited to see Charlie N. Holmberg on the list that I snatched this one up right away. This is, without a doubt, her best piece yet.The worldbuilding and character development in Smoke and Summons is extremely well done. You're handed everything you need to follow alon...
  • Diane
    Meh.This was a kindle first reads for January. Maybe this will appeal to a much more juvenile audience than myself?Because this is classic YA paranormal schmaltz -- Girl (with exemplary powers even for her 'kind') can be possessed and used as a tool whether she likes it or not, girl miraculously ESCAPES and (right away!) meets a boy (with exemplary powers of his own), they -- this will shock you, i know! -- fall in love in two days, (view spoiler...
  • Justin Hardee
    This book was amazing! I honestly do believe it is my new favorite and will be waiting with much anticipation for book 2 of the series. If you like fantasy or supernatural subject matter, you will love this. The easiest 5 star book i've ever read.
  • Jessica Russell
    Ooooh this book is good. I cannot WAIT to read more in the series. The characters are so compelling and the world is dark and complicated and bleak. But it is so rich with details that it didn’t feel sparse at all. The chases were a little repetitive, but that is seriously such a minor criticism.
  • Nikki Hallenbeck
    Best book I've read in a long timeCouldn't put it down! Definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Siobhán
    I received an ARC of "Smoke and Summons", thank you very much for that! All in all, I really enjoyed #1 of the Numina series and I am already impatiently waiting for #2. Although I was quite confused at the beginning of the novel and sometimes annoyed by Sandis, the action-packed story, interesting characters and an exciting new world could convince me and I finished the book in just two sittings! I don't want to spoiler anything, so just go ahea...
  • Linda
    Sad, disturbing, kinda weird tooI feel redundant at times, but sometimes books just have that kind of impact on me. I'm not sure how to describe this one clearly. On the one hand, it felt like things moved so slow, but the timeframe itself was less than a month from start to finish. On the other hand, I got caught up trying to determine how these two people were going to get out of the mess they were in alive. The narrative shifts between the two...
  • Michelle Miller
    This was one of the selections available through Amazon First Reads and I’m so glad I picked it. While I watch fantasy movies and shows often, I’m fairly new to reading fantasy but have found myself drawn to the genre recently. It’s one of the reasons I picked Smoke and Summons and I wasn’t disappointed. I will definitely be reading more by Holmberg. Overall, Holmberg did a great job of building her world in a way I could see it but wasn...
  • Jenny
    I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I was not drawn in during the first chapter and considered putting it aside for some library books, but the next moment I was caught up in the storyline and swiping as fast as possible to see what happens next.The story moved quickly then suddenly slowed then was frantic again. It was jarring at first, but then I realized that the speed was matching the movement and situations for the main characters...
  • Jumms
    EnchantingI would give this 5 stars if not for the damn cliffhanger. It should have had a true ending instead of leading us. I feel a bit dupped.That being said this is unlike any story I've ever read. Charlie Homberg has a way of writing that has you connecting to the characters and makes you vested in every aspect of their lives. Sandis is an enslaved vessel who witnesses a horror that spurs to finally claim her freedom. She has no plan other t...
  • S. E. Drummond
    This was such a fantastic, frenzied ride of a book! From the opening to the final scene, it kept me engaged and tensed, wondering what was going to happen next.I've read quite a few other books of Holmberg's and I have to say, this one is very different (and, in my opinion, a larger undertaking). It carries darker, weightier topics and themes. Yet her writing style, her "voice", is still there, fluid and engaging. The characters are thoroughly hu...
  • Stephen Topp
    I think this is the first "Kindle First" book that I actually enjoyed.Holmberg is a fantastic world builder. We already knew this thanks to the Paper Magician series, and here it happens again. We're dropped into an alternate world with magic, organised religion, corrupt politicians and all. I don't think I could point to a single paragraph where any of this is explained to the reader, but everything seems familiar by the time it becomes importan...
  • Kellyn Hawley
    This book had an interesting premise. Sandis is a slave being forced to be possessed by monsters. She discovers new information and flees, putting her on the run. Rone is a thief for hire who has been set and and his mother faces the consequences. These two are brought together trying to understand what is going on and stay alive. However, this book falls into a pitfall that many Fantasy series fall into. As this is book one, it felt more like th...
  • Boostamonte Halvorsen
    This book bothered me for many reasons... but here are the main ones: This book is a classic example of weak plot syndrome. Where the plot isn't really good so you fill the pages with chase scene after chase scene. And then, in the calmer spots, you get the woes of young love and the weakness of the main characters. Sandis is a super weak woman and a horrible role model for women (especially young women), IMO. She is the classic damsel in distres...
  • Herman Fassett
    An interesting if not deeply explained or explored setup. The characters were human and real and had issues and helped and let other people down in more ways than one, but I was hesitant to like Rone and by the end he had failed his chance of redemption. I honestly couldn't like him. By the end with a setup for the second book, I was like, oh really, is that all that happened and yeah duh of course it's not over. You fools.So yeah, probably won't...